Our people: Sonia Nairn
Starting out as an Intern with Deloitte in 2012, Sonia went on to starting her career as a Graduate in Audit & Assurance. Hear more about her career at Deloitte.
When did you join Deloitte and why did you decide to go for the position?
I applied for the 12 week summer internship in 2012 in audit to gain experience in becoming a financial accountant. I knew that an accountancy qualification is highly regarded in Ireland but is also seen as a prestigious qualification worldwide, and the internship provided a real insight into what the job would be. I thoroughly enjoyed it, so decided to go for a graduate position once I had finished college.
I was confident that the work experience and structured training route provided by Deloitte would put my career on the right path.
What do you enjoy about your role?
It’s definitely the diversity the jobs brings, and the experience that goes hand-in-hand with this - working with a variety of businesses and in different locations, in addition to working and learning from people who are leaders in their field. I joined the Audit team working on consumer and technology business and no two days are the same!
What were your first impressions and how easy did you find it to become integrated?
I definitely got a good feeling that the culture at Deloitte was one of support and collaboration. The interviewees were very personable and try to see you as an individual and how you would fit into the Deloitte culture, rather than just focusing on your academic achievements to date.
Deloitte has a great structured induction programme so that you feel integrated into the company from day 1. Everything is provided to ensure you thrive from their first day buddy policy to the high level structured and on the job training programme.
What would you say is particularly good/different/exciting about working at Deloitte?
The focus on my career path and opinions. Leadership and responsibility are encouraged from the start no matter what level you are at and you feel valued in terms of innovation and the new ideas you bring to the table.
You are positively encouraged to volunteer and get involved in your local community. IMPACT Day is a Deloitte worldwide initiative to devote one working day to a project that has a direct impact on society. It’s my chance to get out of the office and make a difference.
You can enjoy life outside the office with all kinds of sports clubs, parties, sports challenge days, team building activities, fitness and health initiatives, amongst many more.
And without a doubt, I have made friends for life!
What is the best part about working in Deloitte?
- Culture and people – This is a common theme when speaking to friends here in Deloitte. My own experience has been that there is an innovative team culture, with friendly and approachable people. They want you to make the best version of yourself!
- Opportunities – Aside from being one of the largest professional services firms, I was drawn to Deloitte for the opportunities offered, including CSR, secondments to other departments, secondments abroad; both during the training contract and for my future career. I have already volunteered in Africa for two weeks with a Deloitte team and worked on an audit based in Prague.
- Support – I was drawn to the supportive environment of Deloitte, the training provided, the friendly and approachable staff at all levels and the exam support offered.
How would you like your career to go from here, are you interested in travel for example?
I would like to travel and possibly work in the US using my chartered accountancy qualification in a large company. The exposure to date gives me opportunities for life within and beyond Deloitte.
Read more about our Graduate programme in Audit & Assurance.